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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Sense of Sensory Storytime

Children in Bloomer enjoy using many senses with parachute and cotton balls
There have been three recent blog posts on the ALSC blog that would be useful to anyone trying to make their storytimes more inclusive for kids with various sensory needs.

Renee Grassi wrote an insightful piece full of ideas for what to do when no one comes to your Sensory Storytime.  For those of you who participated in the LSTA grant about autism a few years ago, you have some experience with this!  She gives 4 excellent suggestions:  cultivate partnerships, focus on inclusion, rebrand with a different name, or try a different program to fill the needs of families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.

Cool side-note:  Renee Grassi will be one of the featured speakers at this year's Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference!  Wednesday at 10:30, she'll be talking about Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Children with Special Needs.  You can register for the program here.
Ashley Waring, who has been providing a sensory storytime for three years now, shared some of the tips she has learned that have made her programs more successful in this blog post.

 Stephanie Prato had a post about music and movement storytimes, citing research for why these programs are important to the children's brain, physical and social/emotional development.  Music and movement can be a powerful tool for connecting with many different kinds of children, and these can be very inclusive programs.

Monday, November 24, 2014

ALSC Graphic Novel Reading Lists for K-8th Grade

From the Association for Library Service to Children:
Cover of Superhero Girl, one of the titles on the list

Three Graphic Novel Reading Lists are available for children in kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. PDFs of the book lists are available online in full color and black and white and are free to download, copy and distribute. Reading lists are available online at: http://www.ala.org/alsc/graphicnovels2014
“ALSC’s three Graphic Novels Reading Lists are full of engaging titles that are sure to excite children,” said Ellen Riordan, ALSC president. “Librarians are encouraged to download copies of these lists and distribute them to families throughout their community.”
Graphic novels on this list are defined as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. The list does not include book-length collections of comic strips, wordless picture books or hybrid books that are a mixture of traditional text and comics/graphics. The list includes classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

The titles were selected, compiled and annotated by members of the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee.